By Clifford Davis
Lebron James spurns the Miami Heat, decides to go back home.
In movies, rarely is the sequel better than the original, the sequel is always hyped up to be better than the original, which more times than not is a classic, then the sequel comes out, and it fails to deliver. Lebron James, however, delivered a sequel to his “Decision” that topped what he did back in 2010.
Everyone remembers what happened back in 2010, James on national television, deciding to “take my talents to South Beach,” breaking the heart of his home state of Ohio. James jersey was burned by fans, Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert sent out a letter attacking James character, calling him a coward, amongst other things. With that one hour long soap opera, James was public enemy number one.
During his four years in Miami, Lebron with the help of Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, and a great supporting cast, was able to win two NBA championships, and make a trip to the NBA Finals all four years. The Heat however, was embarrassed by the San Antonio Spurs in this year’s Finals and questions remained unanswered about what would happen next.
Weeks after Lebron opted out of his contract rumors began flying about where he would end up. Lebron returning to Cleveland started to gain steam and what was once a fairy tale dream was about to turn into a reality. Lebron had decided he was ready to tell the world where he decided to go, and this time he didn’t need an hour long show to tell the world where he was going to take his talents next. This time, James wrote a little essay to Lee Jenkins of si.com, explaining his decision 2.0, in an eloquently, humble manner, about why he decided it was time to forgive and go back home.
“Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio,” said James. “It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I cried. It’s where I bled. It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen me grow up. I sometimes feel like I’m their son.”
James talked about how he spoke with Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert, to bury the animosity each person held against the other. He spoke about bringing a championship back home to his city. He said all the right things this time. He explained that he was on a mission to win championships when he left Cleveland for Miami. He now returns home with two rings under his belt, trying to win a third, this time at home, in his town, a place where he feels like their son. To James, it was nice winning two rings down in South Beach, with his buddies, but it would be even more special to win it in his hometown, because ultimately, home is where the heart is.
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